Terminator of Endearment: Schwarzenegger slams Palins global warming stance — take her “with a grain of salt.”

Palin snaps back that Arnold is just trying to be “greener than thou”

The leaders of the science and anti-science wings of the Republican party are bickering like an old (unhappily) married couple.

This summer, Newt Gingrich said Sarah “Four Pinocchios” Palin is a conservative leader on energy issues. First, Sarah “Four PinocchiosPalin — a conservative leader on energy issues according to Newt Gingrich — embraced the anti-science view of human-caused global warming (again) in a falsehood-filled Washington Post op-ed by Sarah Palin. Governor Schwarzenegger then dissed Palin, as Think Progress reported on Tuesday:

One of the biggest critics of efforts to curb climate change is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who recently called global warming “bogus.” In a wide-ranging interview with The Financial Times, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger objected to Palin’s characterization of global warming, and suggested that she is playing politics:

The California governor has become an environmental standard bearer for the Republican party, which is split on the merits of curbing emissions. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has attacked cap and trade and questioned any link between man-made emissions and global warming.

“You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish? ” said Mr Schwarzenegger. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the [Republican] nomination [for president]? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”

As Eugene Robinson points out in his Washington Post column today, Palin wasn’t always so deeply in denial about climate change. In 2007, she signed an administrative order that created a sub-cabinet to investigate ways to deal with climate change. “Climate change is not just an environmental issue,” the Alaskan governor wrote at the time. “It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans.”

Later that day, Palin responded on her Facebook wall because, I suppose, it’s easier dealing with a wall than a real journalist:

Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.

– Sarah Palin

Can this marriage of science/clean energy and anti-science/dirty energy be saved?  It’s not looking good:

6 Responses to Terminator of Endearment: Schwarzenegger slams Palins global warming stance — take her “with a grain of salt.”

  1. Dean says:

    The biggest difference between these two is that one quit and one stuck it out through hard times.

    I’m not much of a fan of Schwarzenegger, but California’s problems are much bigger and broader than the governor’s chair.

  2. Sarah Palin has repeatedly proven that she does not know the difference between weather and climate. She has also proven on the world stage that she does not understand any of the global warming science and that she cannot comprehend the impacts of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. It’s hard for her, because she cannot see these GHG emission from her house.

    Her quote defines her: “I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes.”

    Sarah Palin has already quit on the climate and is moving on. Just the way she quit on the people of Alaska by bailing on them during their time of need in order to line her pockets and boost her ego and public exposure. She’s not exactly on a Habitat for Humanity tour, is she?

    Governor Schwarzenegger leads a state with doesn’t payoff it’s citizens with annual bribe checks from the oil industry, but California does lead the nation in energy efficiency and has for decades. And he did sign AB32 The Global Warming Solutions Act with the toughest emission standards in the nation. And our renewable portfolio standards are also the nation’s best. Our state also sets the standard in regulating auto tailpipe emissions and pushing car makers to make zero emission vehicles. We walk the walk in the Golden State and we’re not about to accept phony criticism from one of the most prominent members of the denier cult.

    I’m glad Sarah Palin is speaking out and letting everyone know what’s on her mind – as well as what’s in it. She is the perfect spokesperson for today’s conservative Republicans and I hope she is the GOP candidate in 2012 so people will have a stark choice. Her ideal running mate? Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma, of course!

  3. SecularAnimist says:

    Sarah Palin wrote: “While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes.”

    Everyone already knows that Sarah Palin has repeatedly lied to the American people about lots of things. So what is her point?

  4. Kerri Woodberg says:

    “The Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) here in San Francisco this week is amazing for it’s sheer size”.

    Is Arnold there?

  5. Lawrence Baker says:

    Global Warming-IS- Human / Industrial Pollution
    As you know, scientist and science itself has been slandered with misinformation and ridiculed in advance of the talks. (A favored, repeated, and effective, right wing tactic).
    Is Global Warming related to human/ industrial pollution? The atmosphere seems to be an arbitrary subject right now because of the propaganda effort to confuse the linkage between burning of fossil fuels and its effect on the atmosphere.
    The real question is- are we going to put pandering ahead of science in addressing and acting upon human/industrial pollution now and in the future?
    The best indisputable SCIENCE example that should be a test model and the #1 item on the Copenhagen Agenda would be the toxic plastic waste dump, the size of Texas, 900 miles off of the United States and Canadian West Coast.
    That is a Big SCIENCE problem with no dedicated U.S SCIENCE and INNOVATION DEPARTMENT to address the issue. The U.S (or Canada) has not even sent out a SCIENCE research vessel to evaluate this ecological disaster; neither country wants to take the responsibility for the industrial/human pollution or even acknowledge its existence.
    No Profit-No Action!-No SCIENCE! Will the World Trade Organization and the New Industrial World Order address the issue? Where is their World SCIENCE Department? Advancement in SCIENCE would outmode the use of fossil fuels but the U.S has not funded innovative SCIENCE since 2001.
    Can the problem be solved with SCIENCE? Probably so, Americans are very ingenious primarily because we were raised with the compliments of Freedom and Democracy and are free thinking individuals. We could probably figure a way to clean up the mess and possibly make a profit doing so.
    We can do nothing until we have a funded DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE that is free to address SCIENCE and to develop the advancement of SCIENCE. (Yes, for the sake of humanity; SCIENCE FIRST-PANDERING SECOND.)

  6. David Scott says:

    I could be paddling a rowboat down Market Street in San Francisco after the poles have melted, and there will still be conservative fanatics who deny that humans are responsible for Global Warming or that it is even real. I invite you to my web-pages devoted to raising awareness on this urgent issue: